B'cuz snacks with Channie Metchik feature #19 of Together Talks
Updated: Oct 25
"Together Talks" feature #19: B'cuz snacks presented by KLS, freight company.
Some Background on Bcuz Snacks
For this edition of "Together Talks" campaign KLS had the opportunity to interview Channie Metchik, owner of B'cuz snacks. A bite away from happy™, B’Cuz snacks are more than a brand. It’s a reminder to appreciate the small things, enjoy the finer things, and lead the life you want to lead. Their snacks are made for the body, mind, and spirit using the healthiest ingredients and without compromising on flavor. Behind each of their unique five flavors, is a culture that welcomes everyone and products that support every lifestyle.
The company began in 2019 in the home of Channie. Channie was a speech therapist along with her husband for 12 years. Both worked for the same company out of the same location. Until suddenly the company went under. Overnight. With four children and both jobless, they had to adapt in order to survive. Her husband found a job in medical sales. While Channie was home raising their children she began finding herself in the kitchen more and more frequently. It started with baking different snacks, foods, and goodies. Cookies seemed to be the most popular, but she couldn't connect with that food. She then had the idea, "what if I create something good for me, my kids, and those in my life? What is there is a better snack option waiting to be created?" That is the origin of B'cuz Snacks.
Not even two years later and the company was off the ground and running! Just like her previous career, this didn't come without adversity. Throughout our chat she kept referencing resiliency. We asked about the challenges the company has faced she answered with their resiliency, we asked about the company's greatest strength, once again resiliency, how did you survive a start-up during a global pandemic, we will give you one guess...resiliency.
"We won't fold. If we are faced with any sort of challenge, supply chain, marketing, sales, production, packaging, you name it we just pivot. Ok this didn't work, how can we improve. We are going to work until we find the solution. We will continue to move forward." Sounds pretty resilient huh? :) And it just speaks to what she believes the company is all about, putting a smile on faces.
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They source high-quality oats, dates, vegan marshmallows, nuts, and seeds to create their granola snack bites. All B’Cuz oat snack packs are gluten free, dairy free, plant based, non-GMO certified, and Kosher.
Their facility is SQF Level 2 Certified and they use recycled paper for box packaging. Basically, they care about what you put into your body and what they put into our environment and are committed to continuous advancement in these areas.
She also told us she didn't just want to create a product. She wanted it to be her product. Her story, her mission, her contribution to society. Just like we talked about her and the company being resilient, it is because this isn't just a job or a career, it is a passion. Channie gives everything she has to this along with her business partner Carl Clift.
We asked what the goals for the company are for 2023 and beyond. Channie told us they have seen great growth over the last six months on the sales side. They will be attending the Sweet & Snacks Expo in May in Chicago. She mentioned the company is close to releasing a new "Blueberry Lemon" flavor! Also they are working on a new granola product for later this year.
As we mentioned the company has been gaining great traction and momentum over the last half of the year. Check out the image below where they were the top featured brand courtesy of CPG Pulse the week of 2/27 to 3/5.
Channie throughout the entire conversation talked about making a difference for people, society, and the environment. We asked about charitable contributions. She mentioned that being Jewish 10% is donated personally as part of her faith. As for the company they participate in High Lifeline, which helps families with kids who have genetic diseases. Channie also participates in a biking marathon that raises money for charities.
We had to ask where she got her positive outlook and desire to provide for others, she floored us with her response. "Both of my grandmothers survived the holocaust and were beacons of happiness. One of them used to tell me 'your face isn't private property, it is public property.' It just always stuck with me to be positive, pass it on, and make a difference in anyone you come across." She told us we all have a responsibility. So just like their bags say, she tries to promote positive attitude and outlook daily in her own life. Preaching what she practices.
A bite away from happy.
When we talk to founders we always love finding their inspiration, for Channie it is creating new products. The previously mentioned new "Blueberry Lemon" flavor happened while she was having coffee with a friend who had a snack that flavor and she said that sounds delicious! We also asked her about her favorite moment so far on her journey at B'cuz and she told us that initially there were a lot of challenges with production and packaging. She had to continuously place an order through production and make sure when it came out in packaging it wasn't in pieces. This involved lots of trial and error. But as she previously told us, she was not going to be deterred. The moment the production line ran through and she saw that it held its structure without breaking, "To get to that point, the GREATEST moment." Pretty dang resilient.
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You can also find B'cuz on Amazon.
And you can follow Channie on her journey via her own personal LinkedIn.
Special thanks to Channie for sharing her story and journey to create this wonderful company. Give B'cuz snacks a follow and try them out! We are pleased to present Channie and B'cuz snacks as this week's "Together Talks" feature.
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